May 25, 2010 9:19 AM by Sharlee Jacobs

Less-toxic Dispersant not Available

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House energy adviser says BP is
complying with the government's request to use less of a toxic
dispersant in fighting the Gulf oil spill, but she says alternative
dispersants aren't so readily available.
In a letter to BP, the Environmental Protection Agency ordered
the oil company to find a less toxic alternative to the dispersant
the company is using to break up the oil.
But in meetings that followed, White House adviser Carol Browner
told ABC's "Good Morning America" Tuesday, it became clear there
aren't as many alternatives being manufactured in sufficient
quantities as was originally thought.
In the meantime, Browner says, the EPA has directed BP to use
less of the dispersant.


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